Jul 292015

Or, from vino da tavola to super tuscan. Or, from Bordeaux to Tuscany. Wow, quite a leap and quite a wine. Moment of silence, please, for this spectacular right-bank-style Bordeaux from ITALY. Italian Bordeaux? Yes, and nicely done, too.

Our second red was Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2008. K&L Wines quoted Robert Parker’s accolades about this wine: “The 2008 Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia is drop-dead gorgeous. Mocha, smoke, tar, grilled herbs and Continue reading »

Nov 052014


DSC00384 edited musar reds

Chateau Musar  wines were the theme for a wine dinner at Oak 63 Bistro, menu and fare coordinated by Jeff, JB and Tante Bette, expertly served by Megan. Vintages from 1988 to 2013 were sampled, beginning with a 2013 Musar Jeune blanc, all brought from the cellars of  a group of wine friends. An Amarone and a Super Tuscan cleansed the palate during the last couple of main courses.

Menu Du Soir

Pain maison (house baked bread)
Garbure paysanne (French country vegetable soup)
Magret et duxelles with roastedbeets (duck breast, diced mushrooms)
Porterhouse chop of lamb with wine garlic reduction
Pommes Anna (French potato cake)
Gotham Tart Tatin (upside down apple tart from Gotham Bar)

I so enjoyed the food and wine and, as always happens at Oak 63 Bistro, I didn’t take as many notes as I should have. Pictures will have to suffice. Unfortunately the 1995 Chateau Musar Blanc did not survive improper storage. This review had me looking forward to that wine all day. A moment of silence was observed for the missed opportunity. We tasted the reds from youngest to oldest. The 2004, as the youngest vintage tasted,

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